Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease

Webinar Series for Primary Progressive Aphasia

Dr. Lawrence Albert Memorial Webinar Series for Speech Language Pathologists treating Primary Progressive Aphasia

The Mesulam CNADC partnered with the National Aphasia Association and the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration to develop a series of webinars for Speech and Language Pathologists (SLPs) who treat people with primary progressive aphasia (PPA). This collaboration was formed to improve understanding and treatment approaches for SLPs who have had limited experience with PPA in their training or career. The live events were held during the Spring/Summer of 2013.

The archived webinars are available on demand and are complimentary to SLPs, other professionals and families who wish to learn more about primary progressive aphasia and speech therapy.

Archived Webinars

From May 1st, 2013: "The ABCs of PPA for SLPs: Clinical Attributes, Biology and Care of Primary Progressive Aphasia". Presented by Sandra Weintraub, PhD, of the Northwestern CNADC. For a PDF version of the slides, please click here.

From June 27th, 2013: "Treatment for Persons with PPA: An Adaptable Communication Support Approach". Presented by Melanie Fried-Oken, PhD, CCC-SLP of Oregon Health and Science University and Maya Henry, PhD, CCC-SLP of University of California San Francisco. For a PDF version of the slides, please click here.

From August 1st, 2013: "Living with Primary Progressive Aphasia: Challenges Experienced by PPA Patients and Families and How SLPs Can Help!" Presented by Darby Morhardt, PhD, LCSW of the Northwestern CNADC and Jamie Reilly, PhD, CCC-SLP of University of Florida. For a PDF version of the slides, please click here.

About the Series

The webinar series is possible because of a generous sponsorship by Kathi and Peter Arnow, the family of Larry Albert, who battled PPA until 2011. Larry Albert was born in The Bronx, New York in 1925. While in the U.S. Navy in 1950, he married the love of his life, Joan Jacober, and, over the years, became the proud father of three, grandfather of six and great grandfather of two (and growing)! After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Larry went to NYU Dental School and had an orthodontic practice in Hartsdale, NY. He was extremely active in various professional organizations and activities. His true passion, after his family, was music. He was an avid and talented amateur violist and played in various chamber music groups throughout most of his life. He loved tennis, skiing, hiking, playing music with his grandchildren, and the occasional practical joke. He was a wicked punster and thrived on political “discussions” which often turned into rather loud arguments. Larry was a man of great intellect. He didn’t talk much about his feelings, but there was never a question of how he really felt.

Around 2004, those around Larry began to notice a change. His expressive language was starting to deteriorate, but his cognition was as sharp as ever. We, his family, embarked on a circuitous and often frustrating journey to get an accurate diagnosis. He was finally diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia and over time, showed signs of a growing generalized dementia. Dr. Lawrence Albert passed away August 7th, 2011, after a long struggle with his disease. Larry donated his brain to Frontotemporal Degeneration research at Northwestern University. He was buried with his favorite martini shaker and Captain Lawrence Beer baseball cap and will always live on in his family’s memories. Cheers Daddy!